John attends the Cubs home opener this week and understandably likes what he sees of his team's best start in decades. Dan raves about Cardinals surprise rookie Jeremy Hazelbaker, who he compares to a former Cardinal from the 1980s.
Dan and John discuss the train wreck of the Cardinals first three games and the Cubs fast start. A Cardinals' icon urges Cards' fans to relax and while John tries to goad Dan into panic mode but he's not biting. Some of the listener feedback, however, certainly is biting.
As the regular season looms two days away, Dan and John give their predictions on who will win the NL Central and why. Be prepared for at least one surprising pick. Hosts also talk about some changes in podcast for coming year.
Dan and John are back for another season of podcasting. The Cubs won the off-season and most writers are calling them MLB's best team heading into 2016. Can the North Siders live up to expectations and what about the NL Central's defending champions? Can the Cardinals rise again?
Dan and John tee it up for a special edition focusing on the Cubs signing of FA Jason Heyward. Dan believes the Cardinals front office is to blame for losing both its top off-season FA priorities and John is glad the Cubs were so aggressive. Spirited discussion.
Dan and John are back at it with a preview of upcoming off-season moves for both the Cubs and Cardinals. Will the Cards sign Jason Hayward? What starting pitchers will the Cubs add. All this and the speculation heading into the Winter Meetings in December.
Dan and John lament each teams' exit from the playoffs and detail what might have been. They look forward to 2016 and give 5 agenda items their respective teams need to take care of in the off-season.
Dan and John are back to preview games 3-4-5 in the NLCS between the Cubs and Mets. Cubs have some work to do after losing first two games and hope they can overcome unfavorable pitching matchups to tilt the series back in their favor.
After the upstart Cubs vanquished the mighty Cards, they face a test in the NLCS against the pitching rich New York Mets, who upset the Dodgers in the NLDS. John goes solo in analyzing the first two games of the series in NY.
Dan and John talk about Cubs' game 3 win at Wrigley, at which John attended and sat next to Dutchie Caray. Will the Cubs close out the Cards and advance to the NLCS or will the Cards and John Lackey return the series to STL for a deciding game 5?
Dan and John preview the first two games in the showdown series starting tonight between the Cards and Cubs. Who will jump ahead and put pressure on the other team? Are the bullpens the key to the series?
Dan and John preview the Cubs-Pirates Wild Card showdown Wednesday night in Pittsburgh. Who will be in the starting lineups and how is each team strategically approaching the game? They conclude with their predictions.
As the Cards clinch the NL Central and Cubs the Wild Card, Dan and John look ahead to the Cubs-Pirates matchup next week in a do or die game and evaluate whether the Pirates can beat Superman Jake Arrieta. They also look ahead to a Cubs-Cards matchup in the NLDS next weekend.
As the regular season heads into final week, Cubs face showdown series with Pirates, their likely Wild Card opponent, as Cards look on and hope the Pirates lose so they can clinch NL Central crown. Dan and John discuss whether it truly is an advantage to play the Wild Card game at home, looking at past games and small sample sizes.
With only two weeks remaining in the season, Cubs and Cards positioned well after Cubs thump Pirates in showdown series and Cards sweep away the Brewers. Remaining schedule difficult for Pirates and loss of Jung-ho Kang might be pivotal.
As season steams toward conclusion, STL goes into first slump of season and sees its division lead teetering. Meanwhile, the Cubs stay hot. Dan and John discuss whether the Cards will hold on and look at the Cubs upcoming showdown series with the Pirates.
As the action moves to head-to-head matchups down the stretch, Dan and John evaulate the Cubs, Cardinals and Pirates and where each team may be headed in the last month. There is not tremendous drama at the moment in the standings, but as the pressure builds down the stretch, that can change in a matter of days.
With the Pirates poised to challenge the Cards NL Central lead, St. Louis sweeps red-hot Diamondbacks in the desert while the Cubs stumble a bit against the Giants. Dan and John discuss the pivotal West Coast trips as both teams prepare for the September sprint to the playoffs.
As both the Cards and Cubs face tough, pivotal West Coast road trips, Dan and John speculate on how each team will position itself for the September stretch run. They also discuss the Cubs' stumbling starting pitching and the Cards' scuffling offense.
According to our extremely unofficial math, the Cubs and Cards have a 32 percent chance of meeting in the NLDS. Dan and John discuss the potential for that historic series, speculate on pitching matchups, and make a few other predictions.
Cubs go on hottest streak of season at the right time but will it last and are the Cubs about to bench Starlin Castro? Dan and John discuss these items and whether Randal Grichuk has finally turned a corner as a star player or whether his good season so far is fool's gold.
As the trade deadline expires, Dan and John discuss the Cubs and Cardinals trades and the trades that might have been. They also talk about Matt Holliday's re-injury and whether the Cubs are being too cautious compared to other rebuilding teams like the Astros.
The upcoming trade deadline has the rumors flying for Cubs and Cardinals fans. Dan and John predict some possible trade partners for each, including at least one long-shot blockbuster deal. They also discuss the hitting machine Kyle Schwarber and call-up of Stephen Piscotty.
As the Cards and Cubs enter play after the All-Star break, Dan and John make predictions for the second half. Will the Pirates overtake the Cardinals in the NL Central and will the Cubs make the playoffs? Which team will make a blockbuster move at the trade deadline? Fascinating decisions await both squads.
As the Cubs and Cards recover from a dramatic four-game series at Wrigley Field that ended in a split, Dan and John recap and then pick the first ever Cubs Cards Cast mid-season All-Star squad from the rosters of both teams. They also discuss whether the Cardinals are luckier than other MLB teams.